A fresh vision for Methodist mission at home and overseas
Today, the Methodist Conference agreed a new
understanding, vision and purpose of the Church's calling to
worldwide mission, seeking to integrate this more fully into the
work of the whole Church.
"Mission is the lifeblood of Methodism," said Mr Daleep
Mukarji, Chair of the Mission Working Group, who presented
Mission Together report to the Conference. "This one mission is
local and global, wherever it is located. Instead of having a
separate missionary society, we want to ensure that mission and
evangelism become even more embedded in every aspect of the life
and work of the Methodist Church. As we learn and grow as disciples
of Jesus, I believe that mission will move closer to the centre of
everything we do."
There will be a special bicentenary celebration of the
Methodist Missionary Society (MMS) in October 2013,
coordinated by the Leeds Methodist District, to recognise the
outstanding work of the Society over the last 200 years. Following
this, the Conference has agreed that the work of the Society will
be fully integrated into that of the world church relationships
The Revd Stephen Poxon, MMS Secretary, added: "We are so
grateful for the work of the MMS and for the faithfulness of the
Methodist people, who have given their time, money and passion in
service of others throughout the world. They do this because we
have a loving God, whose love overflows into his world,
transforming it for the better. Mission is not just something done
by missionaries and I hope that every Methodist will be inspired to
live out the mission that God is calling them to."
The Conference resolved to inspire, educate, communicate
with and support Methodists everywhere in order to help them better
understand mission, locally and globally.